Selous Game Reserve
Beautifully positioned overlooking the Kipalala Valley in Selous, Beho Beho has immense style but it’s not pretentious. Staying here you feel as if you’re the houseguest of a very wealthy, sociable and welcoming Victorian explorer who has great taste in interior design! The guest bandas are huge and stunning, food and service are fantastic and the game viewing and guiding brilliant.
Imagine you’ve been invited to a house party in the home of an enormously hospitable, ever-so-slightly eccentric Victorian traveller who has a rather beautiful house with a very nice swimming pool, all set in an amazing location in Selous National Park. This is Beho Beho, and the country house atmosphere is all pervading, from the antique furniture, wonderful African carvings and Zanzibari day beds to the billiards table and immensely sociable communal meals. At Beho Beho guests and the expert guides eat together, and if there’s a special occasion everybody celebrates it.
From the moment you arrive you are made to feel thoroughly at home – and what a home! Décor is stunning and exceedingly comfortable, and the food is simply superb. There are so many thoughtful little touches – it feels as if you are a much-missed old friend whose visit has been eagerly anticipated. As for your accommodation… Huge, stone and thatched guest cottages that wouldn’t look out of place in a lifestyle magazine, and fantastic bathrooms, plus two verandahs one with a plunge pool. You can even treat yourself to a romantic night in a secluded and decidedly posh treehouse.
It’s so easy to enthuse over Beho Beho and its people that you might think the wildlife is almost an afterthought. You couldn’t be more wrong. Game viewing in Selous can be terrific, with plenty of lions and good numbers of African wild dogs and leopards – and Beho Beho’s guides are some of the best in the business. Walking safaris are a particular speciality, and you also get to see some great game from the lodge itself – elephants wander past the bandas and the floodlit watering hole allows you to spot a variety of creatures coming to drink, including lion and serval. A boat trip on Lake Tagalala is another memorable way to encounter the wildlife of Selous, and fantastic for birders and hippo fans.
Yes, it’s quite expensive, but go on, live the dream. You will talk about a stay at Beho Beho for years.
Times to Go
Mid-June to October is the dry season, with temperatures starting to warm up from mid-August. November sees short rains, while December to March is hot and humid, with sudden showers. Thanks to its hillside location there are cooling afternoon breezes at Beho Beho. Game viewing is good all year round, but the best months are July to October, though January and February are wonderful for birding.
Beho Beho highlights
- Stunning luxury safari lodge
- Large, stone-built, beautifully decorated guest cottages
- Fantastic for game drives and walking safaris in Selous
- Option to spend a night in a treehouse
- Superb guiding, hosting, food and service
- Country house atmosphere
- Soak in your private plunge pool
Beho Beho location
- 8 guest bandas plus Bailey’s
Banda and the Treehouse
- Open early June to late March
- Children 12 years + are welcome –
but Beho Beho does have a rather ‘grown-up’ atmosphere, especially
at meal times
- Wifi in all guest bandas
- Swimming pool
- Full-size billiards table
- Game drives
- Guided walks
- Boat safaris on Lake Tagalala
Beho Beho rooms
The 8 guest bandas are really spacious. They are built from beautiful local stone and thatch, and one wall is completely open to a wide verandah (with electric wire to gently deter overly-curious elephants etc.). There is a telescope on each verandah, and you have your own plunge pool. The rooms are beautifully decorated, with large, canopy beds, antique writing desks, Zanzibari daybeds, comfortable armchairs and sofas and lovely Persian-style rugs. There is a dressing room and each banda has a very large, superbly-equipped en-suite bathroom with twin basins, flush loos and fantastic outdoor showers screened by stone walls. Some bandas also have baths. There are double and triple bandas.
This large, exclusive-use private villa is set away from the main lodge, and has a dedicated staff and private kitchen and chef, own plunge pool, private safari vehicle and private boat on Lake Tagalala. It has two very spacious, stylish en-suite bedrooms, and large dining and living areas, all decorated with Beho Beho’s impeccable taste.
The Treehouse is an optional extra for guests who stay for a minimum of 4 nights. It is reached by a two-hour safari walk, and is set around an ancient leadwood tree. It is all done in fine Beho Beho style, with a supremely comfortable double bed (which can be wheeled outside if you want to sleep under the stars), fine linen and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet. A private chef cooks dinner and breakfast.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.